Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in November 2013. She was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from The Barstow School. She is thrilled to be working in Kansas City, telling the stories of the hometown she loves!

Shannon is always looking for stories that impact people in the Kansas City area. Email her at Shannon.OBrien@wdaftv4.com, or find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ShannonOBrienTV and Twitter @ShannonOBTV

More about Shannon:
Shannon began her career as a Reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, SC, where she learned the ins and outs of reporting. From there, Shannon headed north to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a reporter for WOIO-TV. While in Cleveland, Shannon developed her skills as an aggressive reporter covering breaking news, crime and court stories and investigative journalism. Some of her notable stories include the exclusive interview of the girlfriend of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell. Shannon discovered the woman was the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson and lived in the home during the time period in which Sowell murdered 11 women and buried them in his yard and home. That interview was crucial to police in piecing together what happened in that home and convicting Sowell of the murders.

Shannon then continued east to Providence, R.I. where she was an anchor/reporter for WLNE-TV. As the weekend anchor, she also produced her show, which allowed her to master the art of putting together an entire newscast. As a reporter in Providence, Shannon broke many memorable stories, including obtaining the Pre-Sentence Report of Kimberly Fry. Fry killed her 8-year-old daughter because the child would not take a bath. She did not testify at trial, but after she was found guilty she gave details of what she says happened that night in this confidential report. Such a document had not been obtained by a Journalist since the sentencing of Former Mayor Buddy Cianci in 1986.

Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Going to college in the Washington, D.C. area fostered Shannon’s interest in politics and law, which has been instrumental in shaping her career as a Journalist.
Shannon is involved in many philanthropic organizations across the country, including the BOTAR organization in Kansas City. Her passions include cooking, music, the theatre, sports and most of all The Kansas City Chiefs! She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces Jordan and Teagan and her dog Daisy.


Recent Articles
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    RAYTOWN, Mo. –The storms and rain this spring have caused damage to homes across the metro, including the house where Montoyia Walker and her three children live. The ceiling in Walker’s bedroom has collapsed, bringing insulation and mold with it, infecting her home and making her children sick.She has been to the emergency room twice in the last few months because her children are having asthmatic reactions to the mold. It started out as a small problem and because the […]

  • Former Ray County sheriff’s deputy fights to keep his four-legged canine partner

    RICHMOND, Mo. — There is a battle brewing in Ray County between a former Ray County sheriff’s deputy and a non-profit organization that provides police dogs to the county. David Benham spent his six years in law enforcement with the Ray County Sheriff’s Department. The last two years and eight months, his partner was Diana, a 5-year-old tracking and drug detection dog. “It’s more than just that,” said Benham. “I spend time with her 24/7. She goes to work with me […]

  • Fugitive accused of molesting girl under age of 12 found living near Johnson County elementary school

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police say a fugitive has been hiding out in Overland Park after being charged with child molestation in Jefferson City, Mo. The Cole County Sheriff’s Department has been looking for Julio Clark since March 28th when he was charged with molesting a girl under the age of 12 years old. During that time, Clark was living in the Haverford Apartments in Overland Park, and working across the street at a local pizza restaurant. He was arrested […]

  • Former DCF deputy director explains failures in Adrian Jones case from first visit with family onward

    TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Division of Children and Families released over 2,000 documents in its file on Adrian Jones and his family Tuesday. This, after Missouri released almost 500 pages of paperwork on the Jones family when they lived in that state. The information can be confusing for the average person, but Dianne Keech worked at Kansas DCF as a director from 2013-2015, and she explained what lies within. “I know for sure in Missouri they did (fail Adrian). […]

  • Program offered in metro school districts helps student athletes gauge severity, impact of head trauma

    GARDNER, Kan. — Several metro school districts are offering testing that may one day save your child’s brain. It’s called ImPACT: Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. The Gardner Edgerton School District is one district that offers the free testing to its student athletes. ImPACT helps doctors diagnose concussions and all the students have to do is play what equates to a computer game. Luka Majstorovic is an eighth grader who doesn’t think about getting hurt on the soccer […]

  • Kansas City police highlight ‘obvious similarities’ in four killings along Indian Creek Trail

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four killings along the Indian Creek Trail in the span of nine months have Kansas Police investigators’ attention, the department saying Friday that all four have obvious similarities. Dating back to last August, 55-year-old John Palmer was killed and found near E. Bannister and Lydia Avenue. On February 27, 66-year-old David Lenox was found killed at 9939 Walnut Street, a reward for information leading to his killer’s arrest was established and has been increased in the past […]

  • Jackson County deputy patrolling area hit by break-ins shoots man following struggle during traffic stop

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A Jackson County Sheriff’s deputy shot a man Thursday morning during a traffic stop. A string of car break-ins in the parking lots of county parks has caused the sheriff’s department to step up patrols in those areas. The deputy was patrolling the parking lot next to Little Blue Trace Trail on R.D. Mize and Necessary Roads in Independence when he spotted a suspicious minivan. “I can’t say he is a suspect in the break ins,” said […]

  • Police pay special tribute to Ofc. Wagstaff in service honoring fallen officers

    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police held a service and a special tribute to Officer Tom Wagstaff on Wednesday. Although Wagstaff, who was shot in the head while responding to a home invasion in March, wasn’t able to be at the service, he was able to watch the whole thing in real time on Facebook Live. A standing ovation was given to Officer Wagstaff as he watched the police memorial from his hospital bed in the rehab facility where he is recovering from […]

  • Officer walking 126 miles to Jefferson City to shine light on growing violence in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police officers are known for doing heroic things to help those they protect in the community. Kansas City, Mo. Police Officer Kelly Sapp is hitting the road for an extraordinary journey. He is walking 126 miles to Jefferson City to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Officer Sapp estimates it will take him 42 hours to get to the state capital. This walk is to help raise awareness for the violence plaguing Kansas City. “I […]

  • Police suspect distracted driving in Platte City crash that claimed three lives

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — It was just normal, everyday traffic. Then, in an instant, three lives abruptly ended. And police believe it could have easily been avoided. Police said a crash involving four-vehicles at about 12:30 p.m. on on Friday along Interstate 29 at 92-Highway killed three people and injured two others. “We came across the bridge and everything down there was all crunched up.” Sharon Aring and her husband drove right past the triple fatal accident on I-29 minutes after […]

  • Adult man and woman and elderly woman killed in crash on I-29 in Platte City

    PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Three people were killed Friday afternoon in a car crash in Platte City. It happened at about 12:30 p.m. and I-29 and 92 Highway. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash involved four vehicles. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien is there and she said one car is so damaged it no longer resembles a car, but instead a ball of metal. The crash reportedly occurred when a silver GMC Envoy with Kansas plates was stopped behind […]

  • Gunfire outside Blue Springs home as neighbor draws gun to stop burglary suspects

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — What was likely supposed to be a quiet burglary at a home near Third Street and Sherwood in Blue Springs on Thursday, turned into much more. Police say three young men broke into the home, ransacked it and stole two guns, including an AK-47 long rifle and a handgun. A get-away driver waited outside in a gold car, police say. According to neighbors, the man who lives next door heard a gunshot inside his neighbor’s house, so […]